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Sandhya K. Narayanan

Linguistic anthropologist Sandhya Narayanan grew up living between Boston and Toronto, in a multilingual home and in multilingual communities. This experience helped draw her to study how language use and linguistic differences have shaped and continue to influence social and cultural changes in human populations.  She studies indigenous language contact (how languages influence each other over time), multilingualism, and language and culture change along the Lake Titicaca basin on the Peru-Bolivia border.  Ms. Narayanan is a 2014 National Geographic Young Explorer grantee and is part of the 2017 Young Explorer Leadership and Development Program.